Important! BladeEnc's development was officially discontinued.
BladeEnc‘s interface is less friendly compared to that of mpegEnc, but, on the other hand, this lightweight application does its job more than three times faster.
Fortunately it can be used with several front-end GUIs.
BladeEnc was designed to transform WAV files into MP3; the application creates an MP3 folder which will be found in the same folder as the original.
The source code for BladeEnc is available under the LGPL license and the application can produce both mono and stereo output. The bitrates supported by BladeEnc are 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256 and 320 kBit/s. Developers recommend, nevertheless, to use another encoder for bitrates under 128 kBit/s. The supported input samples are 32, 44.1 and 48 kHz and both 8 and 16-bit samples can be handled by BladeEnc.
BladeEnc.DLL can be included into many popular third party applications in order to offer them integrated MP3 encoding abilities.
BladeEnc works on any operating system and because it is command-line based, it can be included into BAT files and shell scripts. The application can read both standard uncompressed WAV and AIFF files and RAW PCM data. Input files can be automatically deleted after encoding.
In spite of all its features, BladeEnc needs a low amount of system resources and its task priority can be set to the lowest level so you can still use the computer trouble-free while encoding.
Although it has not been developed anymore, BladeEnc can still be helpful for advanced users looking to convert their WAV files to the most common MP3 format. It is more powerful than other similar applications and it can become more user-friendly by adding a graphical user interface to it.